Seven More Minutes

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Seven More Minutes
Studio album by The Rentals
Released April 13, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Genre Alternative rock, power pop
Length 58:17
Label Maverick/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
Producer Matt Sharp
The Rentals chronology
Return of the Rentals
(1995)
Seven More Minutes
(1999)
The Last Little Life EP
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (5.9/10) [2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [3]

Seven More Minutes, the second album by The Rentals, was released on April 13, 1999 and features numerous guests such as: Petra Haden (of that dog.; also appeared on The Rentals' first album), Donna Matthews (of Elastica), Miki Berenyi (of Lush), Tim Wheeler (of Ash), Kevin March, and Damon Albarn (of Blur).

Theme[edit]

A good amount of Seven More Minutes was written by Matt Sharp while in Spain, probably in Barcelona. There is a constant theme on the album about a Spanish girl he met there:

  • "Getting By" mentions "a girl who lives off the coast of Spain"
  • "She Says It's Alright" mentions the line "she says it's alright that you don't speak the language"
  • "Barcelona," which is about the Spanish city and has the line "My sweet angel, Barcelona, hide me safely, give me shelter"
  • "Say Goodbye Forever", ("Your place is so much different than mine, It's so calm and peaceful") This song was written before Return of the Rentals.
  • "Man With Two Brains" ("The Europeans say...")

Also, CD artwork is based on photographs taken in Barcelona as La Rambla appear on the CD and images of Montjuïc and El Raval (cover).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Matt Sharp, except where noted.

  1. "Getting By"
  2. "Hello, Hello"
  3. "She Says It's Alright"
  4. "The Cruise"
  5. "Barcelona"
  6. "Say Goodbye Forever"
  7. "Overlee"
  8. "Big Daddy C."
  9. "Keep Sleeping"
  10. "Man With Two Brains"
  11. "Must Be Wrong"
  12. "Insomnia"
  13. "It's Alright (Reprise)"
  14. "My Head Is in the Sun" (Rivers Cuomo/Matt Sharp)
  15. "Jumping Around"

Album background[edit]

A well-known bootleg called Little Russell Street features many of the demos and early mixes of songs from this album, all original songs by Matt Sharp except "My Head is in the Sun", co-written by Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo. Two tracks, however, were salvaged from earlier Rentals releases:

  • "The Cruise" (which features Miki Berenyi) is a reworking of the song "So Soon" (featuring Petra Haden), previously released as a b-side for the "Friends Of P" single.
  • "Barcelona" is a reworking of "California", the very first Rentals song.

Performers[edit]

  • Rod Cervera - Guitar
  • Petra Haden - Vocals
  • Kevin March - Drums
  • Jim Richards - Moog synthesizer
  • Matt Sharp - Bass guitar, vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Damon Albarn
  • Miki Berenyi - performance on "The Cruise"
  • Donna Matthews - Vocals
  • Sharon McConochie - Vocals on "The Man With Two Brains"
  • Maya Rudolph - Backing Vocals on "Barcelona" and "My Head Is In The Sun"
  • Tim Wheeler

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seven More Minutes at AllMusic
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review at the Wayback Machine (archived March 8, 2008)
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 17, 2009)

External links[edit]